THE body of a walker who went missing in February has been found in the Highlands.

Police confirmed Neil Gibson’s body has been found after further searches in Wester Ross.

Mr Gibson, 63, and his brother Alan, 56, who was from County Durham, were reported missing after failing to return from a walk in the Achnashellach area of Strathcarron on February 8. Alan Gibson’s body was found on Beinn Liath Mhòr on February 10. The remains of their black pointer dog Archie were discovered later that month.

Neil Gibson’s body was found on Saturday.

Sergeant Graham Cameron said: “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the volunteers and partner search agencies that made tireless efforts to find Neil, Alan and Archie.

“As always, they persevered and worked incredibly hard to battle some difficult and dangerous conditions in the hope of giving their family and friends some closure.

“My thoughts remain with Neil and Alan’s family today, who have shown such strength and bravery when faced with such a tragedy.”

Extensive searches have been undertaken since the men were reported missing, involving members of Torridon, Kintail and Glenelg Mountain Rescue Teams, RAF Mountain Rescue Service, Search and Rescue Dogs Association handlers and their animals, and the Coastguard helicopter.